Datsun Russia mulling exports as local market conditions deteriorate

Datsun Russia sells on-Do sedan and mi-Do hatchback which are basically rebadged versions of Lada Granta and Kalina respectively. The cars are being manufactured alongside their donor models at AvtoVAZ’s (subsidiary of Renault-Nissan Alliance) Togliatti plant.

The Russian auto market has been severely under performing for quite some time now and hence more and more automakers are forced to consider export operations to keep the overall sales volumes and capacity utilization at profitable levels. Lada has recently announced its interest to export its new creations – the Vesta and X-Ray – to Europe as budget offerings and Datsun Russia is likely to follow the same path.

Datsun Russia on-DO interior
Euroasian markets like Belarus and Kazakhstan.

Local media reports that at least one of the two Datsun’s Russian models would be crossing the border in the coming months. The on-Do sedan is the most likely candidate. The export-spec variant would be featuring certain regulatory tweaks such as an engine that comply with Euro-5 emission norms.

Stringent safety and emission norms in the EU means, Datsun Russia is not likely to export to the whole of the old continent but Euroasian markets like Belarus and Kazakhstan are on the shortlist.

The Datsun on-Do sedan is powered by a 1.6-litre petrol engine which is derived from AvtoVAZ. Mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox, the motor produces a modest 87 PS.

Datsun on-Do – Photos

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